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Starting an HR Department

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One of my older, popular posts is from 2010 and talks about how to run a one-person or new HR department. I wrote it after attending a conference session on the topic, but at the time I had never been in a small or new HR department before. Now I have that experience and would like to share. I also realized that a very close tie-in is the group of HR professionals who have had to start the HR function from scratch (whether in a new company or an existing one), and I think this article is going to be very helpful for both of those groups.

In addition, there are amazing ideas included here for HR pros who feel like there's just not enough time in the day to get everything accomplished (who out there can't claim that one?). You'll learn how to juggle multiple competing priorities and make the biggest impact with the fewest actions. You'll learn how to balance the needs of an executive team with those of your staff, and I'm willing to bet you'll take away a heck of a lot more.

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Starting an HR Department

  1. 1. Starting an HRDepartmentThe Ultimate Guide
  2. 2. Contents1. Survey Data2. #1 Key Area3. 5 Tips from the Pros4. Additional Resources
  3. 3. Survey Data
  4. 4. #1 Key for New HR DepartmentsThe most important stepfor setting up a new HRdepartment is taking thetime to develop strategicalliances/partnerships.Other steps are importantas well, but this is the mostcritical item to put on the"to do" list.
  5. 5. Tip #1Answer critical questions to get started:● What was the reason for creating this new department?● Who made that decision? Will they support you as you learn about the organization and its key players?● What HR activities were being done previously and who was doing them?● What sort of culture exists? Is it the "right" one?
  6. 6. Tip #2Do your best to not become the "office cop" -the hardest role you have is to watch out forthings that can get the company (and people) introuble without being the person that everyoneavoids.
  7. 7. Tip #3Dont underestimate how much informationyour employees want.
  8. 8. Tip #4Find that executive champion who understandsHR and can go to bat when the current staffcan no longer manage the workload.
  9. 9. Tip #5Be prepared to do a little bit of everything. Thissometimes means that you wont be able tofocus much attention to the areas of HR thatyoure passionate about.
  10. 10. Additional ResourcesThis slidedeck was developed from the NewHR Department Ultimate Guide on upstartHR.Check it out for more information, dozens oftips, and additional resources.
  11. 11. About Subscribe for free updates Connect on Google Plus Connect on LinkedInBen Eubanks is an HR pro, Connect on YouTubeauthor, and speaker. Feel Connect on Twitterfree to check out the links formore information or toconnect!

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